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Related to portulaca: Portulaca oleracea
Any of various succulent plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora of South America, cultivated for its showy colorful flowers that open only in sunlight. Also called moss rose, rose moss.
[Middle English, from Latin portulāca, purslane, from portula, diminutive of porta, gate (from the gatelike covering of the seed capsule); see per- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Plants) any portulacaceous plant of the genus Portulaca, such as rose moss and purslane, of tropical and subtropical America, having yellow, pink, or purple showy flowers
[C16: from Latin: purslane]
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|Noun||1.||portulaca - a plant of the genus Portulaca having pink or red or purple or white ephemeral flowers|
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Portulaca - genus of mainly tropical fleshy or trailing herbs
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